Water is your friend

Studies have shown that Americans will drink just about anything except what their body really needs—water.

Underscoring this point is a study of college football players preparing for a major NFL scouting event by trainer Amanda Carlson. At the morning evaluation, she found that 98 percent of them were dehydrated.

Another study by researchers at Tufts University found that college athletes who were mildly dehydrated when they started high-impact aerobics for 60 to 75 minutes without drinking enough water, were more likely to feel fatigued, confused, angry, depressed, and tense.

The point? No matter where you are in your fitness level—gym rat, weekend warrior, or elite athlete—you need water.

“In my experience, most people are not aware of how much they’re drinking and are not drinking enough—many as little as half of what they need,” says Carlson, director of performance nutrition at Athlete’s Performance, a training facility for world-class athletes.

Water not only helps you during your workout but can also help control those pesky (unwanted) pounds.

“Water’s involved in every type of cellular process in your body, and when you’re dehydrated, they all run less efficiently—and that includes your metabolism,” says Carlson.

Additionally, it can be difficult for your body to distinguish between hunger and thirst. So quite often, when you’re feeling hungry, it may just be your body telling you it needs a drink.

Not all water is the same, however. Some, like alkaline water, have benefits that tap and other bottled water simply don’t.

Look at it this way: in order for your body to maintain a proper pH or chemical balance, it has to work at it continuously. An unbalanced pH can force your body to borrow important minerals from your vital organs and bones in order to remove excess acid, according to Dr. Theodore A. Barody. By using mildly alkaline water such as Alkame, which counters the acidity in the body, you have a better chance of pre-empting sickness, premature aging, weak bones, and fatigue.

Another benefit of drinking alkaline water is that it is infused with high levels of stabilized, dissolved oxygen, which not only is good for overall health but improves aerobic capacity and enhances energy levels and overall vitality.